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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Dec 1, 2007 12:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 1969 Dark Stars

I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I'm looking for stand out versions of Dark Star from 1969, arguably the year the boys mastered that vehicle. There were so many Stars played this year and it's hard to figure out where to begin! I'm not too familiar with the ones played earlier in the year (February, March) save for the one on Live/Dead, which I obviously love, so any pointers here would be much appreciated.

The two that I like the most right now are 10/25 and 5/31, especially the latter for the prankster vibe that permeates it as well as the show on the whole.

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Poster: tank_tuba Date: Dec 1, 2007 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1969 Dark Stars

I like this Dark Star quite a bit. I think it's pretty good.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-06-27.sbd.samaritano.20547.sbeok.shnf

This is where I first heard this particular Dark Star. Back when you could still download from the Taper's Section.
http://staging.dead.net/features/tapers-section/june-25-july-1-2007

Even though I enjoy '72-'74 shows more than '69 shows. I think Dark Star> St. Stephen> The Eleven may be their best piece of music, and they perfected it in '69. Peace.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Dec 1, 2007 2:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1969 Dark Stars

gdfiles just posted 4-21 and 4-22 1969 lossless, and you could get 4-23 from there too.

Do you already have 11/8/69 Fillmore disc 2 with the Dark Star weave?

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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Dec 1, 2007 5:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1969 Dark Stars

I do! I can't believe I forgot to mention that one, it's a real scorcher to these ears.

Excellent recommendations folks, these ought to sufficiently distract me from my studies for a bit. ;)

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 1, 2007 3:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1969 Dark Stars

Nobody ever mentions the extraordinary Dark Star from the Pow-Wow...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-05-23.sbd.kaplan.12223.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Dec 1, 2007 3:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1969 Dark Stars

damn good one. and you were the last to review it cliff, almost two years ago. ludacrious!

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Poster: sydthecat2 Date: Dec 1, 2007 3:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1969 Dark Stars

I love the DS too!!

I'll take care of the review, dude!

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Dec 1, 2007 1:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1969 Dark Stars

2-28 is one of the best ever, with a particularly beautiful bit starting around 6 minutes in. Some people really go for 3-2, but I think the boys have a hard time finding themselves. Two great 1969-like Dark Stars are 12-7-68, which I was just listening to last night in the Charlie Miller upgrade version, and 9-19-70. I'm not sure there's a single substandard Dark Star in April 69. The Download Series #12 version from 4-17 is well worth buying.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 1, 2007 5:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1969 Dark Stars

Off the top of my head, some of the top '69 Stars aside from the Live Dead one -
2/22/69
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-02-22.sbd.owen.7860.sbeok.shnf
3/1/69
4/22/69**
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-04-22.sbd.clugston.68.sbeok.shnf
4/27/69
5/31/69
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-05-31.sbd.oleynick.76.sbeok.shnf
6/27/69
7/7/69
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-07-07.sbd.clugston.3116.sbeok.shnf
8/23/69
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-08-23.sbd.stonebear.6639.sbeok.shnf
8/30/69
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=150305
11/2/69***
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-11-02.sbd.goodbear.1125.sbefail.shnf
11/7+8/69
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-11-07.sbd.kaplan.19783.sbefail.shnf
12/4/69
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-12-04.sbd.wizard.23975.sbeok.shnf (muffled, unfortunately)

But all from this year are wonderful, particularly in Feb-May! Not even mentioning some of other people's favorites. With more listening I'd probably want to put bunches more on the list - it's kind of a "25 top five Stars" situation, there's just too much wonder to bear....

Notable mention for Most Unusual Star:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-08-28.sbd.lepley.4234.sbeok.shnf - about an hour long with organ, but poorly mixed

This post was modified by light into ashes on 2007-12-02 01:48:47

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Poster: yesss! Date: Dec 1, 2007 4:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1969 Dark Stars

it's not 69, but 9/2/68 is a great show with a nice high energy star to start things off.

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Poster: gilamonster58 Date: Dec 1, 2007 4:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1969 Dark Stars

One of the great underappreciated '69 Dark Stars has to be 08/03, which featured a sax and a fiddle in the mix. Although never identified, at least to my knowledge, I believe the mystery guests are Papa John Creach and A.C. Reed.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-08-03.sbd.miller.30652.sbeok.flacf

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Poster: CompSurfahV2 Date: Dec 1, 2007 2:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1969 Dark Stars

Set I, Dark Star opener of my Birth-Day show, Fillmore 3-2-1969, always stands out for me.

I hope the "10" are enjoying there 1969 Fillmore fix...